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Making grids even smarter: Siemens acquires software that warns of possible blackouts

Siemens Energy has acquired Quick Stab from SCS Info Tech in New York, a software package used to prevent blackouts in power supply grids, thus expanding its portfolio by a further key component for setting up smart grids. This software is already in use among utilities in Asia and Europe, Latin America and the USA. Quick Stab can not only be used to enhance the stability of grids, but also provides for permanent monitoring, warning the control center when a power failure seems imminent on account of changes to grid utilization and flow of power within the grid.
Operating power supply grids without being familiar with their defined stability limits is always a risky matter. These …

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Need Hot Water? – Do It Yourself with Solar Power

Solar power is one of the cheapest forms of energy available. It’s not harmful to the environment and it’s obviously in abundance. So, what do we do with all this cheap solar power? We use it to our advantage and harness some of that “Free” energy. In order to save on energy costs, there is an inexpensive way to make hot water without using electricity or gas. It takes a bit of construction, but it’s not very difficult to make your own do-it-yourself water heater! You probably have most of the parts needed to make it just lying around in a garage or in the deep recesses of a basement. Put those parts to good …

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Things You Need To Know About Solar Power

Solar power is everywhere simply because it comes from the sun. Solar power can be used to power electricity, pump water, to heat your home or office and power vehicles. With so many things we can get from solar power, you might wonder why we can’t supply enough effort to conserve it. We could use it for almost anything and it would cost a fraction of what we are paying now. You can make a difference by doing your part.
In order to power energy with solar power you need to know the basics and how it works. It takes a long time for heat from the sunlight to reach the earth. Unless it is concentrated …

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Domestic Wind Power and Alternative Home Energy Solutions

Many people are now trying to get on top of volatile energy prices by generating their own electricity. By doing so, they not only save money but are also safeguarded against power outages and dependence on the traditional grid system supply of electricity. Just how much money can be saved generating your own power? Many people have reported savings of up to 80% on their electricity bills each month. If you want to save more, just construct more wind generators.
Some also switch to non-traditional means of electricity supply to bring about a cleaner environment. Generating power through renewable energy sources like the sun and the wind is cleaner and cannot be depleted unlike generating electricity …

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Solar power manufacturing makes good business sense for governments

Canadian and provincial governments could spend $2.4 billion to build a large scale solar photovoltaic manufacturing plant and then give it away for free and still earn a profit in the long run, according to a financial analysis conducted by the Queen’s University Applied Sustainability Research Group in Kingston, Canada.
Queen’s University Mechanical Engineering Professor Joshua Pearce conducted the study – to be published in the August edition of the academic journal Energy Policy – to find out if it makes economic sense for governments to support solar cell manufacturing in Canada. He was surprised to discover the answer is an overwhelming yes even in extreme situations and feels governments should be aggressively supporting this industry …

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